Mustafa Ali attended a technology bootcamp at the University of Birmingham and launched his new career in technology at international software development giant, Service Rocket.
Mustafa returned to the UK in 2018 after a professional career teaching in the Middle East. His willingness to take on a new challenge inspired him to enroll in the University of Birmingham’s coding bootcamp, allowing him to follow a new career path after graduating in 2021.
The University of Birmingham launched its popular Boot Camps in 2019 and hosted over 300 students in its intensive 24 weeks of Data Analytics and Coding Boot Camps.
Mustafa said: “I don’t have a technical background and I think that was the hardest part for me, but it was very rewarding. Completing the assessments and projects in such a short time gave me a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going. »
Tutors and lecturers are available during the day and out of hours to support students in their work, give career advice in a group or 1-1 environment.
Along with the coding side of Boot Camp, our speakers also offered challenges related to our personal development to help students succeed in their careers in the tech industry.
Fast forward to the spring of 2022, Mustafa is an Associate Consultant at Service Rocket where his career progression is supported and enjoys excellent employee benefits.
Mustafa said: “There were a lot of things I learned on the course that I didn’t realize were so important. For example, a solid Linkedin profile, what you post and your bio. This is your profile that potential employers and colleagues will see. It is very important that it is professional and up to date.
“When it comes to the workplace, a lot of people have realized that it’s not just about a high-paying job. There are other factors that contribute to well-being.
With the nationwide demand for technology growing, University of Birmingham boot camps are designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to exploit today’s tech economy.
“You have to be ready to step out of your comfort zone. But as long as you stay the course, something will come out of it. It’s all about self-confidence and a willingness to learn. I think a lot of employees really enjoy this stuff,” Mustafa added.
In conjunction with the West Midlands Combined Authority, the University of Birmingham offers 200 scholarships per year, at £4,000 each, available as ‘Women in Tech’ or ‘Diversity in Tech’.
Candidates can choose whether full web development (coding) or data analytics is best for them and will also have the choice of learning online or in person at the University’s new downtown facility – The Exchange .
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